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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

SydShamino Re:The problem with American Embargos (254 comments)

By being born, you chose to "play" certain games, including taxation and representation. Sorry, but that's the reality you need to deal with.

2 days ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

SydShamino Re:Less likely government (167 comments)

I'm amazed at how skillfully the finance and corporate community has ingrained "identity theft" into consumer's minds. (And yes, I'm using "consumer" instead of "citizen" on purpose.)

If someone uses a fake credit card to buy items from a store, they have defrauded the store and the credit card company. It should be irrelevant whether the name on that card is fake, or belongs to some other uninvolved third party.

And yet, the industry has managed to redirect the mindset and conversation to shift much of the blame onto that uninvolved third party, making them feel like they are the ones violated by this process, and leaving them with the mess to clean up while those defrauded only write off their losses after the third party goes through hoops to "prove" their own innocence. Meanwhile, there's rarely effort to go after the actual criminal at all.

I understand the reasons why there is a credit market, but I reject the notion that what was once called fraud, perpetrated against a business that is responsible for their losses, is now theft against an unrelated third party that is guilty until proven innocent by the corporate megaliths that run the financial world.

2 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

SydShamino Re:Not the latest trend (235 comments)

And lest someone rebut that email in 1995 was open, remember that only the subset of people who had chosen to "log into cyberspace" or "take the on ramp to the information superhighway" or whatever other stupid phrase was used at the time had access to email. Even then, unless you knew someone in person or had some other means to contact them (like the postal service), there wasn't an easy way to know what their email address was.

I don't think I know the email address of any non-work person I've met since, say, 2008. I either know them through a message board and contact them that way, or through Facebook, or exchanged phone numbers so we could text.

5 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

SydShamino Re:Not the latest trend (235 comments)

That's like saying "the postal service is not going anywhere", because you need a mailing address to get a credit card, and you need a credit card to pay for internet service, and you need internet service to access your email. Sure, that's all true, but postal mail is clearly no longer the relevant means of communication for almost anyone. Given the general disdain for it among many people of even my generation, one might even argue that "postal mail is dying" despite it being a standard, universally used, and still necessary for vital functions.

To paraphrase the summary, written in 1995:
"Postal mail is actually a tremendous, decentralized, open platform on which new, innovative things can and have been built. In that way, the mail represents a different model from the electronic-only ecosystems like email we see proliferating across our computers and devices. Postal mail is a refugee from the public, accessible, more private 'pre-web world we lost'. It's an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the electronically walled gardens of email and AOL."

5 days ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

SydShamino Re:"Does adding commentary give rights" (226 comments)

So if I'm commenting on a movie, and I talk about the motivations of the character, it is infringement to show a clip of that character doing something? I'm talking about the actions of the character, not the angle and lighting at which they were filmed doing it.

By your logic, video would never be subject to fair use except when critiquing the cinematography. That is clearly not true.

about a week ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

SydShamino Re:5.5k for a Marimba? (137 comments)

In my non-professional understanding, the only way to get a flute up to $50k is to go for solid gold, compared to the solid silver of a $25k flute.

Solid gold is a much softer timbre. But no, I doubt anyone who was not listening to a head-to-head comparison would know the difference. Then again, I doubt 99% of the audience at any classical music concert would notice if one instrument was slightly out of tune, or if a few notes were played wrong here and there. That doesn't make being sloppy acceptable to the musicians, any more so than it should for any other (semi-)professional.

about a week ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

SydShamino Re:The problem with American Embargos (254 comments)

1) that an abstention from playing a game that is rigged somehow still leaves the party culpable to the actions of said game.

  but more importantly,

2) that voting for A, B, C, or D would have in any way shape of form influenced the outcome, as all of the above cowtow to the same deep state policies regardless.

You are wrong with regard to item 2), as my statement indicates that, regardless of which case he chose, he was supporting a representative that supported the embargo. I think you didn't fully read my post as I said exactly what you think I got wrong.

With regard to item 1), abstention is support. The unnamed fourth option (to candidate A, B, or none) is to run for election yourself, and vote for yourself, while advocating a different policy. That's the option where you clearly distanced yourself from the status quo.

about a week ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

SydShamino Re:That's a garbage lawsuit (286 comments)

So turn the monitor on its side, then fine them. "But it's horizontal, not vertical" sounds like the type of bogus technical argument any competent judge would throw out.

about a week ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

SydShamino Re:Not exactly, but yes (127 comments)

Your Verizon iPhone (A1429) supports LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 13, and 25. It does not support AWS.

T-Mobile uses LTE bands 2, 4, and 12.

So when I get LTE on T-Mobile, as I am at this moment, it's magic, since the phone doesn't support any T-Mobile LTE band?

The facts speak against you. Sorry.

about a week ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

SydShamino Re:"Does adding commentary give rights" (226 comments)

Speaking for U.S. law, you understand copyright wrong. The fair use doctrine allows for use of copyrighted works for the purpose of "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research".

Part of the criteria for determining if use of a copyrighted work is fair use includes the "amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole", so, for example, if I were to post a Vine video of a goal, along with commentary like "Manchester United played a great game today, with three goals including this exciting one by Bob Smith", then I am (your pick) commenting, critiquing, or reporting on the entire hour and a half game, while posting a five second clip of that game. In the U.S., that is clearly fair use unless the other side's lawyers have more money than you do.

I realize this story is about England, but I'm relatively certain that every Slashdot commenter including the parent is discussing this in terms of U.S. law, so I did as well.

about a week ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

SydShamino Re:5.5k for a Marimba? (137 comments)

You'd never get that double blind, because a bad flutist wouldn't have the depth of skill to create the detailed intonations possible with the good flute, and the professional flutist would be able to produce almost as good of sound from the cheap flute (but have to work much, much harder to do so).

My wife replaced her ~$2000 high school and college flute with a ~$25k one a few years after college, when we were both well enough off from our day jobs and she became active in the civic orchestra. She received a degree in flute performance with that $2k flute, but as she put it, a lot of her time was spent "fighting the instrument" to make things sound right; with the professional flute she could spend more time on other things like listening to the rest of the orchestra or reading ahead to be a better sightreader.

about two weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

SydShamino Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

First off, the F-35 has forced China and Russia to commit a large amount of time and resources to try and counter it's superiority. From an economic standpoint, if you're forcing potential enemies to dedicate time and resources to try and counter your technology, it's a win. Secondly, just because Russia and China are able to develop technology to detect it doesn't mean it's useless. There are numerous other potential uses that don't involve Russian and Chinese radar.

Not if it costs 1000x more to create the technology than it does to counter it. Nor if the money to build it was borrowed in part from that potential enemy.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

SydShamino Re:The problem with American Embargos (254 comments)

You were presented with a candidate slate containing Candidate A and Candidate B. You chose to vote for Candidate A, or Candidate B, or not to vote.

In any of the three cases, you were electing a representative that voted on the embargo for you.

Not that I think one is wrong against Russia right now..

about two weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

SydShamino Re:That's a garbage lawsuit (286 comments)

To output full 1080p graphics, this source image is fixed with a "temporal upscale" that fills in gaps with a horizontal interlace made up of pixels from the previous frame.

- so every second line consists of pixels from previous frames, but those are still pixels that are not the same as the ones in the current frame, the output has all of the 1920x1080 pixels in it

So..in other words, they advertised 1080p and are delivering 1080i, but presumably at a 1080p frame rate instead of the usual, faster 1080i rate.

I think you're trying to argue that it's still 1080, and it is, but it's still not what they advertised. No, this guy shouldn't be suing them. The FTC should be fining them for false advertising.

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

SydShamino Re:Not exactly, but yes (127 comments)

Also, I had no problems using the phone's data in other parts of Asia, nor did colleagues on T-Mobile (who had T-Mobile phones). They just didn't get service in Korea.

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

SydShamino Re:Not exactly, but yes (127 comments)

You are incorrect. I am posting from a "Verizon" iPhone which I bought, unlocked , from an Apple store, then popped in a T-Mobile SIM. It works fine.* The Verizon iPhone has all CDMA and GSM frequencies for all three networks (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon).

I bought the Verizon version so that I could use it in Korea. T-Mobile provides free data there but you have to have a CDMA-capable phone. Also, I was new to T-Mobile and if their coverage sucked I liked the ability to move to either AT&T or Verizon.

* T-Mobile recognizes it as an "unknown smart phone" since it doesn't broadcast the correct model number. I get full LTE speed data, voice, text, with graceful downgrades to 4G, 3G, and E, but I can't use iPhone specific features like visual voice mail.

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

SydShamino Re: Correction: T-Mobile Android Smartphones (127 comments)

They simply disable CDMA in the AT&T/T-Mobile version. The Verizon version has both CDMA and GSM and frequencies for all three carriers.

- posted from a "Verizon" iPhone I bought new contract-free and only ever used with a T-Mobile SIM .

The Sprint version is significantly different.

about two weeks ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

SydShamino Re:Requires a very high speed camera (142 comments)

If you use a 1 kHz ADC to measure a 1.1 kHz signal, what do you measure at 900 Hz?

about two weeks ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

SydShamino Re:Requires a very high speed camera (142 comments)

No, you can pick up something higher than Nyquist, as long as you understand your sources of information and noise. It will alias down into the measurable range, and you can extract useful information from the alias. We have a system that operates up to 1 MHz using a 1.8 MHz ADC. When we know the signal is at 1 MHz, we extract the information at 800 kHz and use that.

What the GGP was talking about, though, was finding resonance on the bag where unique 30-Hz-width bands higher frequencies were being naturally modulated to baseband. If you had 100 points on the bag that each modulated a different frequency (30 Hz, 45 Hz, 90 Hz, ... 1500 Hz), you could extract the data from each sub-band separately and reconstruct the original signal. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... and assume the source isn't one 1500 Hz conversation but instead one hundred 15 Hz conversations. And also assume that is one amazing bag of chips.

about two weeks ago

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Exploiting Cashier-as-a-Service Providers

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Researches at Indiana University and Microsoft found and exploited flaws in the communication between web stores and third-party cashiers (Amazon Payments, PayPal, Google Checkout) to order items for free, or at prices of their choice. "We believe that it is difficult to ensure the security of a CaaS-based checkout system in the presence of a malicious shopper" said the study co-author. The identified flaws have been reported and fixed, but they feel that more, similar flaws are likely given the complicated nature of many web-based transactions."
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New British Government Vows to Strengthen Liberty

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of the new British coalition government has announced a litany of proposed reforms designed to strengthen individual liberty and privacy, on several topics often championed among Slashdot readers, including: elimination of unnecessary laws to stop making "criminals out of ordinary people", elimination of the national identity card program and new biometric passports, removal of restrictions on the right to peacefully protest, restrictions on schools taking fingerprints without permission, curtailing of anti-terrorism legislation that allowed for detention of subjects for extended periods without charge, replacement of the "first-past-the-post" election system with an instant-runoff system, new regulation of the use of surveillance cameras. "Britain must not be a country where our children grow up so used to their liberty being infringed that they expect it without question," Clegg said.

The Conservative Party of the governing coalition is said to be less receptive to these reforms; hopefully some of them can be enacted before the coalition fails."

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Blue M&Ms can lessen the damage from spinal in

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  about 5 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that the dye used in blue M&Ms and other foods can, when given to a patient shortly after a spinal injury, minimizing secondary damage caused by the body when it kills off nearby healthy cells. Given that 85% of spinal injury patients are currently untreated (and some doctors don't trust the treatment given to the other 15%), a relatively safe treatment like this could help preserve some function for thousands of patients. The best part? In lab rats the subjects given the treatment turn blue."
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SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "CNN, the Associated Press and others are reporting that an independent audit of the FBI revealed "serious misuse" of power to acquire private information granted in the Patriot Act. FBI Director Robert Mueller has accepted responsibility for problems and says they are being corrected, but Congress has already called for hearings. There's no word yet on criminal charges against anyone in the FBI who might have broken the law."

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